Brian McCombie is an NRA Field Editor, Contributing Writer with Outdoor Life and SHOT Business, a columnist at Gun Digest and too many other gun and hunting industry publications to list. He’s published over 1,500 pieces on everything from hunting and fishing, to wildlife conservation, to firearm field tests and gear reviews. His recent feature, “Hog Wild in the USA,” was the cover story in the January 2012 issue of the American Hunter (another of the magazines Brian regularly publishes work in). It examined the phenomenal growth of wild hog numbers across the country, and the corresponding growth in hog hunting.
Brian has written the “Firearms Update” column in Gun Digest for the last seven years, a bi-weekly column that covers a wide range of current gun topics, including Second Amendment issues, firearm industry news, and items of interest to firearms collectors. Several times a week, Brian also contributes new product blogs to “The Gun Shots,” on the Outdoor Life website. His list of accomplishments and writing in top tier venues includes Handguns, Guns & Ammo, Field and Stream, Sports Afield, Turkey and Turkey Hunting, Ducks Unlimited, and more. “I love guns and hunting, tramping through the woods, the thrill of calling in a wild turkey, and that heart-pounding moment in the layout blind, right before you sit up and start shooting, when the ducks come swooping into your decoys. The rush in the heat of a feral hog assault is nothing short of addicting. The hardest part of being a writer is you have to do the actual writing inside!”
An avid hunter based in north-central Wisconsin, Brian’s hunted waterfowl in Saskatchewan, deer in northern Missouri, Merriam’s turkeys in Montana, and deer, turkeys, and upland game in his native Wisconsin. He took his first wild hog in November 2011 while deer hunting in western Oklahoma, using an M&P15 in 5.56mm, and was immediately hooked!
Brian loves hunting with AR-style tactical rifles, and his work for SHWAT™ will include firearms and new gear blogs, cutting edge hog hunting tactics, and tactical hog hunting reports from the field.